Are there apps to help my kid get ready for kindergarten?

There is no shortage of apps geared for pre-K kids heading into their first year of school. The trick is finding high-quality educational programs that help build important literacy, math, and concentration skills and using them with your kid to model engaged thinking and lifelong learning.

Here are a few to consider:

  • Reading Rainbow
    Based on the famed PBS show, this app exposes your child to a robust vocabulary. Discuss the text before, during, and after reading to help build comprehension and prediction skills.
  • Letter School
    Pencils, crayons, and markers are always good for developing the fine motor skills needed to write, but this app is a great way to encourage correct letter and number formation.
  • Endless Alphabet
    With a charming cast of creatures and an ever-growing collection of regularly updated vocabulary words, Endless Alphabet helps foster letter recognition and phonics.
  • Memory Train
    Practice with this fast-paced memory game can help your child build focus -- a great skill to have when they're surrounded by the commotion commonly found in the classroom.
  • TallyTots
    With a focus on counting and number recognition, TallyTots is a great way to encourage strong early math skills. You can help develop math sense by working alongside your child and talking through the process.
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